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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has advised a court docket he used to be performing in self-defence when he allegedly assaulted a person outdoor a Bristol nightclub remaining 12 months.
- Ben Stokes stated he used to be protecting his pals, claiming guy he punched used to be harassing them for “being homosexual”
- Prosecution alleged Stokes used to be taunting couple outdoor nightclub to which he were refused get entry to
- Alleged attack resulted in Stokes lacking 2017-18 Ashes excursion of Australia
Stokes, 27, gave proof for the primary time within the trial at Bristol Crown Court docket, repeating feedback that had been picked up by way of police body-camera pictures filmed within the aftermath of the incident.
The video pictures displays Stokes complying with cops once they had been referred to as to the disturbance in Bristol on September 25.
After placing Stokes in handcuffs, the police officer explains that Stokes is being arrested as a result of, “there’s a man…lined in blood and I have been advised you punched him.”
“As a result of he used to be abusing my two pals for being homosexual,” Stokes spoke back.
Any other guy comes into shot and argues with the officer as as to if an ambulance has been referred to as to help with the injured individual.
Ben Stokes used to be instrumental in serving to England to victory within the first Take a look at in opposition to India however is lacking the second one. (AP: Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Stokes then makes an attempt to search out his ID to turn the officer, earlier than asking whether or not there are any cameras appearing the incident.
When the officer replies within the affirmative, Stokes replies: “There can be? Candy.”
In court docket on Thursday [UK time], Stokes stated he acted to protect two homosexual males who had been being careworn by way of two different males who had been shouting homophobic feedback.
“I stepped in and stated ‘you should not be announcing this stuff to those two males’,” he advised the court docket in remarks reported by way of the BBC.
The prosecution allege Stokes used to be himself taunting the couple outdoor a nightclub to which he were refused get entry to.
The incident, which took place in September after England performed within the southwest town of Bristol, resulted in Stokes lacking the 2017-18 Ashes collection, and can see him leave out England’s 2nd Take a look at in opposition to India at Lord’s as he contests the affray rate.
Stokes and the person he’s purported to have attacked, Ryan Ali, each deny affray. The trial continues.
CCTV pictures displays Ben Stokes attractive in an altercation with a bunch of fellows. (The Solar)